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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

So what has changed?

I got a job.

After 16 years as a full-time freelancer I took a job at the end of summer as a managing editor of a health Web site. The salary is in the ballpark of what I was making as a freelancer, and I'm roughly doing the same kind of work. But now I get benefits, which means I can take time off on a holiday and not fret over the fact that if I'm not working I don't get paid. And I have more say in how the work I do and the work of the writers I edit are used. I have have professional work colleagues, not just clients, and the benefit of bein part of a team.

There is a downside. As a freelancer I worked on my own schedule. I sat at my desk whenever I decided it was time for me to be at my desk. Now, even though I still work remotely, I work on the company's schedule. And I've long had a distaste for the corporate culture, which I am now a part of.

Obviously, there are tradeoffs when coming in from the cold. I'll explore them in more detail in future posts.

7 comments:

  1. There are always pros and cons, but often the corporate life gives the most protection to the employee. Been my experience anyway...but I can relate to the corporate culture. I can so relate. Congratulations on being employed.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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  2. the benefits are a good thing,
    the benefits are a good thing,
    the benefits are a good thing :)

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  3. VERY happy for you (and jealous too, as you "get" I'm sure)

    How to get such a cool remote gig?

    Ah well...wishing you da bes`


    Aloha from Honolulu

    Comfort Spiral

    ><}}(°>

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  4. I'm with Rene; benefits are good things! Congrats!

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  5. Somehow I missed this post! I don't have a comment. Just wanted you to know I was here...

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